Linked by David Adams on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 16:36 UTC, submitted by Amy Bennett
Windows As of today, Microsoft won't allow manufacturers to install XP on new netbooks," says blogger Kevin Fogarty. "That doesn't mean corporate customers who special-order hardware with XP won't be able to get it, or even that its market share ( 60 percent!) will drop any time soon.... It just means XP has taken the first babystep toward obsolescence and the long (really long, considering its market share) slide down toward the pit of minor operating systems like the MacOS X (4.39 percent) , Java ME (.95 percent) and "Other" (which I think is an alternative spelling for "Linux" (.85 percent).
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RE: Maybe an overdue step
by darknexus on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 17:34 UTC in reply to "Maybe an overdue step"
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I doubt this will help with Linux adoption on netbooks, given that Windows 7 runs fine on recent netbook hardware. Now if the OEMs would get some sense into their heads and ship netbooks with at least Home Premium instead of Starter...
If Linux is going to be adopted on devices like this, it'll come through Android or other highly custom oses, and that comes with one major flaw... on a netbook, most users expect to be able to run their customary apps. This isn't much of an issue on a tablet, since the different interface seems to open peoples' eyes up to the fact that it's a different kind of device, but netbooks are close enough to laptops that many people have the same expectations on what they need to run and how it should operate. Perhaps we'll see more Android or other Linux tablets coming out (I'm eagerly awaiting the day I can get my hands on a Samsung Galaxy Tab) but I suspect netbooks will remain pretty much as they are, especially seeing as how the promised ARM-based netbooks are so much vaporware. Netbooks will go to Windows 7 (this is already happening) while tablets will branch out.

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